The conception of her 'New Media' series started a few years ago when communication apps became very popular in China. The artist began to transcribe pictures posted by her friends from her social media platforms onto canvases. The subjects covered are mundane and the sharing of selfies, food, travel and news has become a collective signature. Zheng paints the exact number of photos and in the order of her friend’s posts; furthermore she uses strong and emotional colours to lay out the figures while eliminating only the mid-tones and volume, maintaining the familiar brightness and two-dimensionality of the medium.
When Wen Xin Zheng allows the internet, mobile devices and other characteristics of new media to determine the process of painting, it is a venture into seeking whether existing media could be further provoked and presents us with new creative possibilities. Her paintings move between memories, imagination and reality. The viewer sees the world as re-envisioned by the artist, but we only see the relationship between the transformed exterior and the intimate space. Situated within our own physical reality, we rely on our own vision to confront the obscure and reserved painting.
Yang Zi: ''New Medium“ A Reconfigured Embodiment – Zheng Wenxin’s Creative Work', in: Pieces of Moments, Zheng Wenxin Solo Exhibition, Exhibition Catalogue A+ Contemporary Shanghai, 2017, pp. 9-10